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She opts to throw herself into the school musical — where the drama, of course, isn’t confined to the stage.

This graphic novel tackles all the ups and downs tweens and teens experience as they start experiencing their first feelings of infatuation and love — hope, excitement, fear, uncertainty, and even the dawning realization of sexual orientation as one of Callie’s friends from the drama club confines in her that he’s gay — in a compelling and compassionate way.

These books acknowledge and explore the erratic feelings that come with love.

Callie's school year starts with heartbreak: after her hopes fly high when she gets a kiss from an upperclassman, he then rejects her at school the next day.

Would losing the anxiety, depression, and stress of love really be worth losing love itself?

Add in media messages that glorify unhealthy behavior — how many romantic comedies involve the boy who just won't give up on the girl who said no?

— and kids can find it extremely difficult to figure out what healthy romantic love really looks like.

By sharing these stories, and talking about what makes real love so empowering and special, we can help the next generation find the loving, respectful partners they deserve.

For a tween or teen experiencing their first crush — pounding heart, sweating hands, and elation or depression (depending on what the object of their affection just did) — love doesn’t necessarily feel like a wonderful thing, but understanding the difference between the overwhelming emotions of first love and unhealthy attachment and dependency on a partner are crucial.

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